Menghis Bairu, MD, is a physician, entrepreneur, business executive, editor, author, and philanthropist with more than 30 years of international experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, drug delivery and device, global health, and non-profit arenas. He is founder, chairman, and CEO of Proxenia Venture Partners, which provides capital, talent management, and access to a global networks of experts to companies in late preclinical and early-stage clinical development in biotechnology that address global challenges and improve patient lives.
Dr. Bairu also is Chairman and CEO of Bairex, an international medical education and market research organization focused on Africa and the Middle East. Bairex specializes in hands-on educational activities for physicians, clinical trialists, nurses, regulators, pharmacovigilance officers, CROs, and other life science professionals. Prior to founding Proxenia, Dr. Bairu served as Executive Chairman of Treos Bio, a start-up company that uses computational biology to develop precision cancer immunotherapies tailored to patients' genetics. In addition, he is Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Serenus Biotherapeutics, an emerging market focused specialty biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Bairu concurrently served as Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Head of Global Development for Elan and President/CEO of Speranza Therapeutics. As EVP and CMO, Dr. Bairu was member of the Elan's Operating Committee. He successfully led corporate R&D due diligence processes that resulted in a transaction with J&J at a value of approximately $1.5 billion.
In 2013, he also led corporate R&D due diligence resulting in the sale of Elan to Perrigo for $8.6 billion. Dr. Bairu worked at Genentech for more than six years in several managed care, medical, and commercial roles for rituximab, Herceptin, TNK, tPA and growth hormone. Dr. Bairu currently serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, where he lectures on global clinical trials' design, development, and conduct.